Arizona towns ordered to evacuate as wildfire grows

Communities in northeastern Arizona evacuated for Tinder Fire

Structures lost as Tinder Fire burns over 8000 acres in northern Arizona

More than 500 firefighters, including 7 hotshot crews, and several helicopters now battling 50 miles per hour winds, dry conditions, and hard terrain.

An Arizona public utility also announced Sunday that it would be de-energizing about 1,500 customers in the Blue Ridge community in response to the Tinder Fire outbreak.

The so-called Tinder Fire in Arizona is seen in a photo the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management posted to social media on April 29, 2018.

No information was available from Coconino County on damage to structures Sunday, with updates expected Monday.

A shelter has been set up at Winslow Junior High and a large animal shelter has been opened at Holbrook Navajo County Fairgrounds. SR 87 southbound is blocked in Winslow. Coconino County health officials are encouraging individuals to take precautions to protect themselves from health effects of wildfire smoke.

Coconino National Forest officials say significant fire growth occurred Sunday and prompted evacuations as high winds drove the fire into communities to the north and east.

The Tinder fire has burned 500 acres about 9 miles east of Clints Well and near Blue Ridge Reservoir on the Mogollon Rim.

The fire broke out around 11:45 a.m. on Friday, according to InciWeb and was zero percent contained. The wildfire in Arizona is one of the most active in the country, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Over 500 firefighters and air crews are working on the blaze and there's no word on how it started. Highway 87 remains closed Monday.

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